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The premise of "Greening of the Self" is that we are not individuals separate from the world. Instead we are always co-arising or co-creating the world, and we cannot escape the consequence of what we do to the environment. Joanna Macy's innovative writing beautifully demonstrates that by broadening our view of what constitutes self we can cut through our dualistic views a ...more
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Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published March 18th 2013)
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Suzanne Beaumont
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Protecting the World is Protecting Ourselves

Joanna expands our limited definition of a self enclosed in a body to a vastly expanded self which encompasses our interrelationships with all the natural world. This perspective changes our environmental conflicts from protecting a limited confined self to seeing and delighting in preserving the diversity of beings. For in caring for all we are caring for ourselves.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This paper was a taste test for me as I have two of Joanna Macy's other books on their way. I watched a video a few months back on "The Great Turning" and was blown away by the insight and knowledge that Macy brings to the table. The concept of eco Buddhism and living systems theory piqued my interest. 'Greening of the Self' makes me want to explore more knowledge in the quest to be a better citizen of Mother Earth, and in how I can further harness my contributions to the planet.
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Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Extremely short and extremely informative. A great little book!
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Dr. Joanna Macy, activist, ecologist and author, is one of the pioneers of engaged Buddhism. Her online work includes the article "World as Lover, World as Self"; "Bestiary" (an ode to wildlife); Nuclear Guardianship, her testimony at the World Uranium Hearings in Salzburg, 1992; and The Vegan Vision, on the ethics of a vegan diet. Her other books include Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General S ...more

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“The obvious choice, then, is to extend our notions of self-interest. For example, it would not occur to me to plead with you, “Don’t saw off your leg. That would be an act of violence.” It wouldn’t occur to me (or to you) because your leg is part of your body. Well, so are the trees in the Amazon rain basin. They are our external lungs. We are beginning to realize that the world is our body. The” 2 likes
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